There’s never a shortage of things to do in Margaret River Central, whatever the season. Although famous for its wineries and surfing mecca, there is plenty more on offer for all ages and interests including outdoor cinemas, farmers markets, whale watching and much more.
Canoe the Margaret River
Hire canoes by the hour down at the Rivermouth Beach, and take yourself on a private adventure on the tranquil river. If you prefer a guide, there are several tour companies that incorporate canoeing into their daily expeditions.
Dozens of independent artists and craftspeople have workshops, galleries and studios in the region. You can customise your own art trail over a leisurely drive – a map by the Margaret River Artisans shows you their locations. Pick one up from any of the galleries.
Watch the whales
It’s hard to miss the whales as they go by on their way north each winter – Moses Rock, Gracetown and Surfers Point are great vantage spots. There are even a couple of cafes, restaurants and accommodation choices that have front row seats. Failing that, jump on a whale-watching boat tour from Augusta Harbour in Margaret River South.
Walk the rails to trails
If you fancy walking or riding off some of the amazing food and wine you’ve been consuming, take the Rails to Trails track from Margaret River to Cowaramup. A firm limestone track, it travels more than 20km along the old railway line and passes through an arboretum, bushland, vineyards and farms.
For the more adventurous, one of the most spectacular sections of the Cape-to-Cape coastal walk is accessed via the Margaret River mouth sandbar, where you can spend time on the limestone cliffs watching for whales. Allow three hours return, and take a picnic lunch and a bottle of Margaret River semillon sauvignon blanc in the backpack!
Head to The Point
Don’t leave town without going for a sticky beak at The Point, one of Margaret River’s most famous beaches. A world-renowned wave, home to the annual Margaret River Pro, and the perfect spot to watch it all unfold.
Surfers, kiteboarders, travellers, picture-takers and picnic-goers all come together to take in the view and absorb the action. There’s also a great little lagoon for swimming, a shaded area for barbecues, and lots of lawn for picnics.
Enjoy a picnic beach-side
Pack a picnic and head to Boranup Beach. Spend the day there surfing and diving for crays. Boranup Forest and the walk around Mammoth Cave are brilliant areas nearby to explore. Also, you can’t beat watching the sunset at Surfers Point, with friends and a delicious wood-fired pizza.
Ideas for kids
Mammoth Cave is a great place to take the kids. It has an enormous open entry and relatively flat boardwalk, and operates through a self-guided audio tour so you can drop in on your own schedule.
Rotary Park, near the entrance to the town, has a great playground complete with barbecues, friendly ducks and a suspended bridge over the river. Stretch your legs on a lovely forest and river walk up to a dam.
The Amaze’n Maze is sure to cause confusion and giggles, and at just four kilometres south of Margaret River, it makes a great day out for the whole family.